2011 NFL Draft: Quarterback Rankings

Some guys like Andrew Luck are off this board and many have changed rankings, but you can definitely get the feel on each QB how they were earlier last year ond where you might think they will go in this Aprils Draft.

  1. Andrew Luck**, QB, Stanford
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 235.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.80.
    Projected Round (2011): Top 3 Pick.

    10/1/10: Stanford has dominated early part in the year, and with Luck’s team winning consistently he will have a better public perception as an NFL Draft prospect than Jake Locker. Luck has completed 64 percent of his passes for a 9.6 YPA and thrown 10 touchdowns with zero interceptions. Luck has also shows very good mobility being able to scramble outside the pocket. I love Luck’s mechanics, decision making, and football IQ. If Locker’s team hovers around .500, then Luck will have more generated hype and there will be less concerns that he can win in the NFL.

    3/29/10: A redshirt sophomore in 2009, Andrew Luck will be eligible for the 2011 NFL Draft. He was very impressive as a first-year starter, compiling 2,575 yards, 13 touchdowns and four picks on an 8.9 YPA and a 56.3 completion percentage.

  2. Jake Locker, QB, Washington
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 223.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.59.
    Projected Round (2011): Top 5 Pick.

    10/1/10: Huge game on the road this week for Washington as they travel into the Coliseum. Locker struggled against Nebraska as his accuracy was off-target and his decision making left something to be desired, but a closer look at the tape shows his receivers rarely got open and he was under constant pressure from Bo Pelini’s defense. Luck has the upper hand right now to go higher in the 2011 NFL Draft.

    3/29/10: Jake Locker took a huge risk going back to school. If he gets hurt or if scouts notice something wrong on film, his stock could drop dramatically. For now, he’s the No. 1 quarterback prospect in the 2011 class. Perhaps he should follow Sam Bradford’s example and take the entire 2010 season off.

    With no help around him, Locker threw for 2,800 yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 2009.

  3. Ryan Mallett*, QB, Arkansas
    Height: 6-7. Weight: 238.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.05.
    Projected Round (2011): 1-2.

    10/1/10: Mallett’s team is winning and he’s putting up good stats, but if you take a closer look his accuracy is highly inconsistent, he has poor mechanics, and he struggles with mobility and has a hard time eluding pass rushers. Mallett is a bit of a statue in the pocket and doesn’t create throwing lanes outside the tackle box when his receivers struggle to get open. We’re not buying the hype anymore, and neither should you.

    3/29/10: At 6-7 with a massive arm, Ryan Mallett looks like a franchise quarterback. His 2009 numbers (3,624 yards, 30 TDs, 7 INTs, 9.0 YPA) will tell you that as well. He’s a bit raw and needs to work on decision-making, but he could easily leapfrog Jake Locker on this list next year.

  4. Nick Foles*, Arizona
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 235.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.01.
    Projected Round (2011): 1-2.

    9/24/10: I wasn’t a fan of Nick Foles last year because of his frequent tendency to check down his passes, but he really has improved this season. He’s completing 78.6 percent of his passes with an 8.9 YPA, and really looked sharp against Iowa.

    3/29/10: A transfer from Michigan State, Nick Foles threw for 2,465 yards, 19 touchdowns, nine interceptions and a 64.3 completion percentage in his first year as a starter. His YPA of 6.2 was horrendous – a result of his checking it down far too often.

  5. Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 220.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.72.
    Projected Round (2011): 1-2.

    10/1/10: Ponder bounced back from his ugly 11-28, 2 INT performance against Oklahoma to notch a total of 392 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, zero interceptions, and a 66-percent completion rate. We like this confidence to mentally respond from a poor game. Ponder’s decision making is a little inconsistent, but he has a good arm and terrific athleticism. He will get drafted in the top 50 picks.

    3/29/10: Christian Ponder finished the year with 2,718 yards, 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions on a YPA of 8.2 and impressive 68.8 completion percentage.

    11/7/09: A slightly better version of Tony Pike; his arm strength isn’t very good, but he’s a smart and accurate quarterback.

  6. Nathan Enderle, QB, Idaho
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 227.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.05.
    Projected Round (2011): 2-3.

    10/1/10: Enderle had a five-interception outing against Nebraska, but remember Nebraska is one of the elite defenses in the country. Enderle is an accurate passer and solid decision maker operating a pro-style offense. In his last two games he is throwing for 70-percent, 9.8 YPA, four touchdowns and one interception. To cement a second-round grade he must have a good showing at the Senior Bowl in January.

    3/29/10: Statistically impressive as a junior, Nathan Enderle had 2,906 yards, 22 touchdowns and nine picks as a junior on a 9.3 YPA and 61.5 completion percentage.

  7. Ricky Stanzi, QB, Iowa
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 225.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.84.
    Projected Round (2011): 3-4.

    10/1/10: Stanzi won’t “wow” you with his physical tools, but he is an intelligent quarterback with terrific accuracy and a high football I.Q. He knows how to manage a game and he understands the intracacies of passing the football. Stanzi projets as a potential starter to the next level, and he isn’t expected to win a job in his rookie season. He lacks some upside, but he has some tools a team can work with. Stanzi has completed 67 percent of his passes for a 10 YPA, nine touchdowns and one interception. Keep in mind the only challenging defense he has faced is Arizona.

    3/29/10: Ricky Stanzi is a strong-armed pro-style quarterback, but makes questionable throws at times. In 2009, he had 2,417 yards and 17 touchdowns, but also tossed 15 picks on a 56.3 completion percentage. His YPA was 8.0.

  8. Pat Devlin, QB, Delaware
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 220.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.84.
    Projected Round (2011): 3-5.

    10/1/10: Devlin is probably the toughest quarterback in college football right now. He fractured his left wrist, and returned to play two weeks later against Richmond going 14-21 for 240 yards. Devlin’s production in his first two games was mediocre only throwing for a 6.3 YPA against West Chester and South Dakota State.

    3/29/10: As a junior at Delaware, Pat Devlin threw for 2,664 yards, 16 touchdowns and nine picks on a 7.7 YPA and 64.0 completion percentage. He boasts a strong arm and could be a first-round pick with a solid senior campaign.

    2/4/09: Pat Devlin doesn’t have much playing experience, thanks to Darryl Clark, but he possesses a rocket arm. He transferred over to Delaware in hopes of becoming the next Joe Flacco. With two strong seasons, Devlin could be a first-round pick in 2010.

  9. Tyrod Taylor, QB/WR, Virginia Tech
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 206.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.52.
    Projected Round (2011): 5-7.

    10/1/10: Tyrod Taylor is certainly not a quarterback prospect you want to hang your hat on, but he’s one of the better options in the later rounds if you are looking for a backup at the next level. He is very mobile, athletic and has a solid arm to make all the throws. He needs to be coached up at the next level, but he is worth taking a flier on in Rounds 5 or 6. Taylor has notched 66 percent of his completions for a 10.0 YPA on the year thus far.

    3/29/10: A short quarterback who completed only 56 percent of his passes in 2009. On the bright side, he threw only five picks and maintained a 9.5 YPA.

  10. Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 215.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.68.
    Projected Round (2011): 5-7.

    10/1/10 : Kaepernick has a big arm, prototypical size, and plenty of athleticism, but he also has an awkward, slow release as well as horrible passing mechanics overall. His accuracy is a little erratic as well, but some coach will think they can turn him around late in the NFL Draft.

    3/29/10: Has nice size and athleticism, but Nevada’s goofy offense hasn’t prepared him for the pros at all. In 2009, Kaepernick compiled 2,052 yards, 20 touchdowns and just six picks, but also had a mediocre YPA (7.3) and completion percentage (58.9).

  11. Jerrod Johnson, QB, Texas A&M
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 229.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.64.
    Projected Round (2011): 5-7.

    10/1/10: Jerrod Johnson had a 11-of-34, 194-yard performance against Florida International. There are no excuses here – Texas A&M is supposed to be a far superior team and you simply can’t be this bad against FIU and expect to go in the mid rounds. We need to see great improvement out of Johnson before moving him up the rankings.

    3/29/10: The 2011 version of Jarrett Brown. Jerrod Johnson has tons of upside, but is very raw and doesn’t know how to play in a pro-style offense. As a junior, Johnson threw for 3,579 yards, 30 touchdowns and eight interceptions on a 7.2 YPA and 59.6 completion percentage.

  12. Scott Tolzien, QB, Wisconsin
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.85.
    Projected Round (2011): 5-7.

    10/1/10: Tolzien reminds us a lot of John Beck when he came out of Brigham Young. He’s smart and efficient, and has great timing, but he also has poor arm strength which really limits his ability to make plays at the next level. Tolzien has potential as a backup because he is a good decision maker and could possibly be a reliable veteran in time.

    3/29/10: A first-year starter, Scott Tolzien shined in Wisconsin’s pro-style offense, throwing for 2,705 yards, 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. His YPA (8.2) and completion percentage (64.3) were very good.

  13. Andy Dalton, QB, TCU
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 215.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.74.
    Projected Round (2011): 5-7.

    3/29/10: Andy Dalton really improved as a junior, throwing for 2,756 yards, 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions. His YPA (8.5) and completion percentage (61.6) were solid.
  14. Greg McElroy, QB, Alabama
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 220.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.94.
    Projected Round (2011): 6-FA.

    3/29/10: Should be a solid backup quarterback in the NFL. He did a great job managing Alabama’s games, throwing 17 touchdowns to only four interceptions. His completion percentage (60.9) and YPA (7.7) of course won’t blow you away.
  15. Case Keenum, QB, Houston
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 210.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.83.
    Projected Round (2011): 6-FA.

    9/29/10: Case Keenum suffered a torn ACL in week three and this really hurts his draft stock. He looks like nothing more than a late-round pick or free agent at this point.

    3/29/10: Case Keenum threw for 44 touchdowns and 15 interceptions on a 8.1 YPA and 70.2 completion percentage. He’s a system quarterback and a mid-round prospect.

  16. Kevin Riley, QB, California
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 224.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.66.
    Projected Round (2011): 7-FA.

    3/29/10: A pro-style quarterback who notched 2,850 yards, 18 touchdowns and eight picks on a 7.5 YPA in 2009. His completion percentage (54.7) was depressing. Oh, and Todd McShay thinks Riley is too short.

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  17. Adam Weber, QB, Minnesota
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 220.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.90.
    Projected Round (2011): 7-FA.

    3/29/10: Really struggled as a junior, throwing more picks (15) than touchdowns (13). His completion percentage of 52.0 was dreadful.
  18. Ben Chappell, QB, Indiana
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 235.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.95.
    Projected Round (2011): 7-FA.

    3/29/10: Ben Chappell threw for 2,942 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior, but also had 15 interceptions and a 6.9 YPA.
  19. Taylor Potts, QB, Texas Tech
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 218.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.96.
    Projected Round (2011): 7-FA.

    3/29/10: Taylor Potts compiled 3,440 yards, 22 touchdowns and 13 picks on a 7.3 YPA and 65.7 completion percentage in Mike Leach’s system. It’ll be interesting to see how he adapts to Tommy Tuberville’s scheme.
  20. Mitch Mustain, QB, USC
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 220.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.70.
    Projected Round (2011): FA.

    3/29/10: Mitch Mustain may have trouble finding playing time in the next two years. He has the potential, however, to be drafted late, a la Matt Cassel.
  21. Zach Frazer, QB, Connecticut
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 231.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.81.
    Projected Round (2011): FA.

    3/29/10: Disappointed in 2009. Hobbled by a knee injury, Zach Frazer had a 10-9 TD-INT ratio, a completion percentage of 53.2 and a YPA of 6.7.

    8/5/09: Will take over as the full-time starter in 2009. As a sophomore, Zach Frazer threw for 536 yards and two touchdowns, but also was responsible for six picks.

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